How to Measure Your Dog for Shoes and Tips for Putting Them On


Once you have convinced yourself that dog shoes are a good idea for your puppy, you should know exactly what size to buy, the best way to put them on your pet, and the way to get him or her used to wearing them.

Choosing The Correct Size Dog Shoe

When buying a durable set of winter dog boots on the internet, don’t simply presume you know what size to order. Just like people, pet’s feet are all different sizes and must be appropriately measured in order to determine what that size is. Here’s a simple method to measure your canine’s foot:

1. Measure the length of the paw starting with the back of the large base pad to the end of his toe nails.*

2. Measure the width from the external edge of the two outside pads.

3. Pick the shoe dimensions by evaluating the actual width and length you measured to that upon the sizing chart for the shoes you desire to purchase. Usually each shoe style will have a different size chart.

*The following is a hint for a simple way to measure your dog’s paws. Have your dog stand (not sit) on a piece of paper and use a marker to mark the top, heel, and each side of the foot. Then use your ruler to measure between these markings.

Getting the Shoes on the Dog

Ok, you now have some snazzy new hiking dog booties for Boomer. Getting them on is the next step. The majority of shoes or boots are available with Velcro straps that wrap all-around to hold the bootie on. Here are a few hints with regard to putting on that kind of shoe.

1. For the front booties, stand above your dog with your legs straddling him just below the rib cage. Lightly hold him or her there with your legs.

2. Pick up a paw and insert it into the shoe. You could use your thumb like a shoehorn by placing it down the back of the boot, tucking the foot in while pulling upward upon the outside of the boot to secure it in place.

3. Once the paw is inside the bootie, place the paw down so your dog is standing steadily on the shoe. And then tuck any extra fur inside the shoe, wrap one side of the strap over snugly and secure the Velcro. You may actually raise the opposite leg in order to make sure complete weight is on the shoe.

4. If the boot has a longer Velcro strip, wrap it around and around the dogs paw right beneath the dewclaw and secure it.

For the back feet, stand perpendicularly to your canine and push your leg against their side. Put the booties on the same way as you did the front boots.

Getting Your Dog Used to to His Booties

The first time you set booties on your puppy they are bound to seem a bit unusual to him. He will most likely high step and do a funny little dance because the ground probably feels unusual to him. Take him outdoors right away and try to get him or her into a regular playing routine. In other words, distract him from the booties but examine them periodically to see if they are still good and snug upon his feet. Attempt this a few times before you really take your pet out on their walk, jog, or hike. This will not just break in the new boots, but break him in to being dressed in them too.

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